Hawkeyes Travel to Princeton

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The No. 11 University of Iowa women’s rowing team travels to Princeton, New Jersey, to race against No. 4 Princeton and No. 6 Yale on Saturday at Lake Carnegie. Competition is scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. (CT)

Boat          Time (CT)
I Varsity Four  7:30 a.m.
I Varsity Eight 7:50  a.m.
II Varsity Eight    8:05 a.m.
I Novice Eight  8:20 a.m.
II Varsity Four 8:35 a.m.

Iowa remained at No. 11 in the USRowing/CRCA Coaches’ Poll on April 11. This ties the highest national ranking in program history.
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  • No. 11 Iowa raced against No. 18 Michigan State in the morning and No. 6 Michigan in the afternoon at the Big Ten Double Dual on Saturday.
  • The Hawkeye’s I Varsity Eight boat ended the morning with a 10-second margin ahead of the Spartans, crossing the finish line in 6:17.7. In the afternoon, the crew crossed the finish line more than 12 seconds in front of Michigan.
  • The II Varsity Eight crew posted an impressive 13-second win over Michigan State and fell to the Wolverines by a mere .3 seconds.
  • Iowa’s I Varsity Four crew crossed the finish line five seconds ahead of Michigan State and fell to Michigan.
  • The Hawkeye’s II Varsity Four crew crossed the finish line seven seconds ahead of the Spartans and fell to the Wolverines.
  • Iowa’s I Novice Eight boat fell to Michigan State and Michigan.

The No. 4 Tigers hosed the inaugural Ivy League Invitational on Saturday where Princeton defeated both No. 13 Harvard and Cornell in the morning and posted wins over No. 19 Dartmouth and Penn in the afternoon.
The No. 7 Bulldogs swept Dartmouth, Penn, and Columbia in the morning session of the Ivy League Invitational, followed by another sweep over Cornell and Columbia in the afternoon.
Iowa’s I Varsity Eight boat, comprised of Ashley Duda, Izzy Dolba, Kaelynn Heiberg, Hannah Greenlee, Hunter Koenigsfeld, Contessa Harold, Katie Pearson, Eve Stewart, and Logan Jones (coxswain), was named the Big Ten Boat of the Week, the conference office announced April 10. The I Varsity Eight crew posted a 10-second margin over Michigan State and upset Michigan by more than 12 seconds at the Big Ten Double Dual on April 7.  This is the first Big Ten Conference weekly honor for the Hawkeyes since the second varsity four boat earned the honor on April 25, 2014.
The 2017 season was a historic season for the University of Iowa women’s rowing program. The Hawkeyes broke their national poll record four times throughout the season, peaking at No. 11 in the country. They also broke the team point record at the Big Ten Championships on May 14, scoring 116 points to tie for fourth place. The team was selected to the NCAA Championships for the second time in program history, ending a 16-year drought dating back to 2001.
The University of Iowa women’s rowing staff was named the 2017 Region 4 Staff of the Year by the College Rowing Coaches Association (CRCA). The Regional Staff of the Year Award recognizes a staff that had outstanding success during the season, demonstrated a great team improvement from the prior season, fulfilled the team’s potential, and demonstrated a high level of professionalism and integrity as a coach.
Six University of Iowa rowing student-athletes — Victoria Bricker, Kaelynn Heiberg, Gemma Kerr, Rachel Canon, Logan Jones, and Georgia Sanderson — were named 2017 Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association National Scholar Athletes. To qualify for the honor, student-athletes must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA or higher, race in 75 percent of their team’s races, and be in their second, third, or fourth year of eligibility. 
Seven rowers — Allison Blevins, Rachel Canon, Kaelynn Heiberg, Gemma Kerr, Carly Millerd, Elizabeth Pritchard, and Georgia Sanderson — were named 2017 Big Ten Conference Distinguished Scholars. Heiberg, Millerd, and Sanderson maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average during the 2016-17 academic term. Athletes must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution and have a minimum GPA of 3.7 or higher for the previous academic year, excluding summer school.
15 University of Iowa rowers — Danielle Bender, Allison Blevins, Victoria Bricker, Rachel Canon, Kaelynn Heiberg, Logan Jones, Laura Justis, Gemma Kerr, Baillie McCunn, Sarah Powell, Elizabeth Pritchard, Georgia Sanderson, Megan Sprengeler, Kat Tillman, and Faith Wieland — were named to the 2017 Spring Academic All-Big Ten team. To be eligible for an Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better.
Natasia Giles joined the Hawkeye staff in July as an assistant coach. Giles joins the Hawkeyes after a four-year coaching stint at Texas. She spent her first two years as a volunteer assistant coach where her duties included recruiting and training novice athletes. She was promoted to graduate assistant coach in 2015 and held that position for two years. As a graduate assistant, Giles let the 1V4 boat to a fourth-place finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships and helped transition the novice athletes to varsity competition.
The Hawkeyes travel to Austin, Texas, to compete at the Longhorn Invitational on April 28.